From Mike Shinoda’s blog:
Although I wasn’t at liberty to say it before, the song I’ve been referencing here on mikeshinoda.com in the past few weeks…is actually being done for Michael Bay’s new Transformers film, due out June 24th.
In addition–and probably ever cooler–we have been offered the unique opportunity to help score the film. The song we wrote is being used as one of the themes, and we will be writing various interpolations on that theme, and trying out some other thematic ideas as part of the (very large) team scoring the film.
My bandmates and I are working with award-winning film composer (and resident ass-kicker) Hans Zimmer. We met with Hans last week, and heard some of the incredible things he and his guys have done with our new song. In the next few days, we’ll be doing some work with Hans’ amazing writing and recording crew.
Michael Bay has shown us select scenes from the film, and it looks incredible. I can’t wait for you to see it.
Linkin Park photograph by James Minchin.
Back in the day when Michael directed Armageddon and Pearl Harbor, there were books that accompanied the released of both films. “Visions of Armageddon” and “Pearl Harbor: The Movie and the Moment.” I got the special hardcover edition of “Visions of Armageddon” which was shipped in a velvet-like slipcase. They are numbered, autographed by Bay & Bruckheimer and only 200 were printed.
So it was this in mind that I asked Michael the other day if he was planning on doing something similar. “Yes” was his response. He indicated that it might be available for this holiday season. So I’m looking forward to that.
In other news, Bay noted that Steve Jablonsky and Linkin Park are working on the score for “Revenge of the Fallen.” He also mentioned that they will be re-releasing the first Transformers movie with the new “Revenge of the Fallen” trailer attached to it in about 25 markets in the US.
The Showest footage was pulled down because it was just a 12-hour thing.
I just wanted the fans to get a taste of what we have been making for a year and a half because we have been so quiet. The piece was cut about a month ago for this Showest thing I accepted this past month – so as you can see many of the shots were far from being finished renders. This dinky little site received over 1,500,000 hits and 550,000 downloads in this short time. Anyway the trailer is being printed today and coming out on Wolverine and Star Trek. 64 days left!
Here is the video tribute that was shown before Michael Bay accepted the Showest 2009 Vanguard Award for Excellence in Filmmaking.
For those interested in the post production aspect of movie-making, here is a cool behind the scenes for the ACE (American Cinema Editors) blog.
Every new movie or television production goes through the process of deciding about what technology to employ. Long ago it was a simple as “KEM, Moviola, or Steenbeck.” Now of course it is a lot more complicated. And every show is breaking new ground in some fashion.
Case in point: Transformers 2 (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen). It is still possible to edit major feature film releases with Meridien systems, but using the latest hardware and software from Avid provides several new benefits.
One of the important new abilities was to allow the director, Michael Bay, to have a full working Media Composer on his laptop. Editorial provides him with an up to date portable drive with all media and a current project which allows him to comment on scenes, and to clip favorite takes for the editors to work with.
Paul Rubell is one of five editors on the project. He was brought on during post, after he had finished Public Enemies for Michael Mann – editing on Meridien systems. Paul was re-editing several scenes but had difficulty getting the very busy director to view and comment on them. Finally, the director was given these new cuts on his laptop, and Paul was soon given the notes he needed to proceed.
Source: ACE blog
Steven Spielberg sat next to me in a big 100 person theater at Sony today. There were 98 empty seats. The lights came up after we just watched my cut of Revenge of the Fallen. He turned to me and said “It’s awesome”. He felt this movie was better than the first – and probably my best, who knows – at this point in a movie you start to lose your objectivity. I just hope the fans like it. I’m going to start putting it in front of audiences in a few weeks – no you are not invited, yet.
We have 60 days left. Let me tell you it will be a race to finish. It’s 12 at night and we are still working here in the edit room. Everyone at ILM and DD are killing themselves right now, they are doing a stellar job on the effects. We also just finished our trailer which is coming out with Wolverine. Talk to you soon.
“… Few have enjoyed the success of director of the year Michael Bay, who helms this summer’s Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Bay came to accept the award for director of the year, but was looking forward to giving theaters something back: advice.
“Let’s be honest,” he says. “Some of the theaters still suck. And we’re working on movies two or three years. These exhibitors are the most important people in the industry. All of the magic happens in the two hours people are sitting in the theater. Not watching it on DVD. Not watching it on the computer. I want to tell them to make the moviegoing experience as special as they can, because that’s what burns in people’s memories.”